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Last Updated: June 24, 2024 Articles
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Top Five Paid Activities

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Website: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/

Price: Adults $168, Children $143

Why: Visit this iconic monument with an amazing view, while getting in some exercise.

 

Big Bus Sydney

Website: https://www.bigbustours.com/en/sydney/sydney-bus-tours/

Price: $49

Why: The most convenient way to get around in hop-on hop-off fashion. 34 stops around the city including Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour.

 

Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

Website: https://www.360dining.com.au/menu

Price: From $60

Why: Enjoy lunch or dinner at Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant, which boasts astounding views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and the Blue Mountains.

 

Luna Park

Website: https://www.lunaparksydney.com/

Price: Annual passes from $99

Why: Sydney’s most iconic amusement park full of rides, attractions, and special events!

 

Ferry to Manly

Website: http://www.beyondthewharf.com.au/route/manly/

Price: Roughly between $5-8 one way

Why: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy Manly, a wonderful place for young and old to play, eat, shop and relax.

Top Five Free Activities

Walk around The Rocks

Website: http://www.sydney.com.au/heritage.htm

Why: The Rocks Walk is a great way to get some exercise and explore the oldest and most history-filled part of Sydney.

 

Pylon Lookout on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Website: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/the-bridge/the-pylon-lookout/

Why: The Pylon Lookout is now home to a museum, which has a large collection of displays about the Bridge’s construction and shares information about the struggles our forefathers faced.

Pylon Lookout on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Website: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/parks/major-parks/observatory-hill-park

Why: Just behind the Rocks District you will find Observatory Hill, a popular park with locals, workers and visitors. It’s a great spot for a picnic. Observatory Hill gives you a spectacular view of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour and is worth the climb up the hill to take a picture of Best Bars and Pubs in the Area,

Museum of Contemporary Art

Website: https://www.mca.com.au/

Why: Constantly changing exhibitions of international and Australian art. It’s easy to spend a day getting lost amongst the artwork.

North Head Lookout

Website: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/north-head-lookout

Why: North Head lookout is not only a great walk, but the best vantage point of the Murramarang Coast. If you can brave the chill in winter, it’s also an excellent spot for whale watching.

Top Five Cheap and Cheerful Bars

Strawberry Hills Hotel

Address: 453 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

The deal: A great rooftop spot with $4 schooners across all taps, house wines and spirits available 4-6pm Monday to Friday.

 

The Rabbit Hole

Address: 82 Elizabeth St, Sydney

The deal: This Alice in Wonderland serves $5 beer and wine from 4:30pm to 6pm every day.

 

Martin Place Bar

Address: 51 Martin Place, Sydney

The deal: Weekdays from 5 – 8pm they offer $5 beer and wine, with DJ’s spinning the hits.

 

The Royal George

Address: 320 George St, Sydney

The deal: Classy surrounds with cheap beer! $5 pints and glasses of wine 5pm to 7pm Monday to Friday.

 

Parsons Bar

Address: 3 Kellett St, Potts Point

The deal: Only open Thursday-Sunday but $7 pints, $5 first pour wines and $12 cocktails make it a worthy addition to the calendar.

Top Five Coolest Bars

Button Bar

Location: Surry Hills

Cool because: It’s a pirate-themed bar! Best ventured to on a Saturday for a cocktail and classic rock ‘n roll.

Stowaway Bar

Location: Freshwater

Cool because: Plenty of greenery and some of the most adventurous cocktails in Sydney. Hit the beach during the day and spoil your taste buds afterward at Stowaway.

Club 77

Location: Darlinghurst

Cool because: This is the spot for a late night dance, and be prepared to make some hard decisions with over 30 different beer options, and even more spirits.

The Argyle

Location: The Rocks

Cool because: It’s housed in one of the oldest buildings in Australia, and blends modern elements with the history of the building in a stunning way.

Butter

Location: Surry Hills

Cool because: It’s a sneaker store, chicken shop and champagne bar all in one.

Top Five Cocktail Bars/Speakeasies

J&M cocktail bar

J&M cocktail bar – one of the best whisky lists in Sydney.

Papa Gede’s

The cocktails are amazing but the voodoo theme it what keeps us coming back, it is beyond cool.

The Lobo

The Lobo – The rum bar as many locals call it. There are over 300 rums on the menu.

Door knock bar

Tucked away from street view, just finding it almost makes it feel exclusive, past the sandwich shop and down a corridor you will start the food and hear the laughs coming from something that will instantly remind you of being at a mates place.

The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn – no bookings, no functions, no door lists – everyone welcome.

Top Five for Great Views

Opera bar

Opera bar – not only does Opera bar have great views but it offers live music daily.

The Glenmore

The Glenmore – 3 level dining venue with sensation roof top bar that has harbour views.

The Royal

The Royal – one of the cheapest meals with a view – enjoy $15 meals lunch or dinner each week day.

Coogee Pavillion

Coogee Pavillion – awesome view over the ocean and 4 fantastic bars under one roof.

Icebergs

Icebergs – not only does Iceberg offer great views and fantastic food but Wednesday is trivia night with great prizes up for grabs.

Top Five for Party Vibes

Establishment Bar

Great on Friday evenings to dance the night away in a spacious venue with iron columns and a long marble bar.

Ivy Precinct

Ivy Precinct – rooftop pool bar, restaurants and nightclub all under one roof.

The Basement

The Basement – get your dancing shoes on, the best jazz and blues party venue.

The Beresford

The Beresford – awesome beer garden with a Japanese vibe

Slyfox

Slyfox – attracts local and international DJs and artists every Saturday night

Best CBD Cafes

The Walrus

The Walrus -The Walrus omelette with truffled mushrooms and double brie is a winner!!!

Happy as Larry

Happy as Larry – Open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch – get in early the kitchen closes at 2:30pm.

The Grounds in the CBD

Arguably the best coffee in the CBD they even have a coffee sommelier. They even run coffee tasting classes.

Pablo & Rustys

Pablo & Rustys – The Fishermans bun is our favourite, seared tuna steak, dill & caper mayo, pickled cabbage, smashed pavo (pea and avo)

Skittles Lane

Skittles Lane – Serving their own coffee blend it is something you won’t get anywhere else

Best Restaurants

Mr Wong

French colonial setting and a Cantonese menu you will think you have hit the shores of Hong Kong, we highly recommend the classic mud crab/

Belles Chicken

Belles Chicken – famous chicken and waffles and to die for mac and cheese you can dine in or take away.

Restaurant Hubert

Not only sensational food but amazing live jazz entertainment set in French themed surroundings.

Icebergs Dining Room

Open for lunch and dinner Italian is the theme of the menu but we can’t go past the seafood – seafood and that view – no wonder it is on our best restaurant list.

Best Places for a Picnic

Royal Botanical gardens

Harbour View Lawn 33 is our favourite with the amazing views of the harbour – get in early, this is a hotspot on weekends.

Bradleys Head

Bradleys Head – Open 8am-6pm this is one for the whole family with a sensational fishing spot.

Wendy’s Secret Garden

Hidden behind Wendy’s 4 storey home, there are lots of tables, chairs and settings for you to enjoy. Open 7 days, 24 hours.

Barangaroo Reserve

Alcohol is allowed in the reserve so bring a bottle of wine and unwind. There are also great food outlets if you forget your favourite picnic item.

Cockatoo Island

With a million dollar vantage point you really don’t need much more however with tennis facilities and life size chess there is plenty to do.

Top Five Beaches

Any ultimate Sydney guide is incomplete without the beaches.

Shark Beach

Also known as Nielsen Park, Shark Beach was developed in the 1910s. It’s a 12 hectare park that’s popular in summer thanks to all the shade. The beach is mostly protected by a shark net, and is usually calm but is also fairly narrow and some areas are quite steep.

Palm Beach

Although quite a distance away from the heart of Sydney, Palm Beach is definitely a great spot that caters for activities such as hiking to lookouts as well as surfing and swimming. This hidden beach is most famous for being a set in one of Australia most well-known televisions shows ‘Home and Away’.

Clovelly Beach

The area is Influenced by a European style design along the tranquil and localised beach, an area great for family fun, scuba diving and much more. The unique designs of the concrete platforms and promenades aren’t common in Australia’s beaches, which is why this beach is definitely one worth checking out.

Milk Beach

The secluded beach is one that not many tourists know about, the amazing views overlooking the bay and Sydney Harbour is what is most attractive about this beach. Although only a 50 metre long and 5 metre wide strip of sand, it is hidden away in the area of Vaucluse, which is one of Sydney’s most expensive and well maintained suburbs.

Wattamolla Beach

Located near the Royal National Park is Wattamolla beach, an area great for adventurous and thrill seeking individuals who aren’t afraid of jumping off edges into Wattamolla’s lagoon and beach area.

Other Neighbourhoods to Discover

There is plenty to do in the city for sure, but what about the other areas that Sydney has to offer? Go for a run through Centennial Park in the east or consider one of the following options in the suburbs:

Surry Hills

Surry Hills, a suburb filled with many cultural aspects from the latest fashion boutiques and restaurants to many other trendy bars and pubs. Surry hills follows a contemporary and unique design influenced by many other traditional and vintage aspects of Sydney.

Manly

Manly, a suburb right next to one of Sydney’s most visited beaches. This area can be accessed by a ferry from Circular quay, the ‘laid-back’ and ‘chill’ vibe of this area is mostly reflected upon by the friendly locals within the area.

Newtown

Newtown is a diverse, bohemian neighbourhood that bustles with activity day and night. There is plenty of culture and various lifestyles that blend into one. There are loads of Vietnamese and Thai food options, and Earl’s Juke Joint is the best watering hole option by far.

Paddington

Paddington is located in the central business district of Sydney and is captured mostly by their famous Victorian styles terraced housings. There is a contrast of high end boutiques to many hip

bistro thrift stores in Paddington, which has also attracted a creative and unique population to this area.

Bondi

Bondi is home to one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and is mostly recognised for its white sand and beautiful blue ocean views. An area which caters for a variety of people, from backpackers to locals who love daily visits to the beach. This area is filled with many great cafes and restaurants that onlook the amazing sea views. Check out one of our favourite spots, Icebergs for a drink or meal.

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